Organizational Behavior

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Running head: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR 1 Organizational Behavior Laura S. Wadell December 20, 2010 Kathleen Bates
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ORGANZATIONAL BEHAVIOR 2 Organizational Behavior What is organizational behavior? Organizational behavior is the study of individuals and their behavior within the context of the organization in a workplace setting. It is an interdisciplinary field that includes sociology, psychology, communication and management (Lamb-Deans, 2010). Organizational behavior affects everyone which is why it is important to understand it and use that knowledge to build a stronger and more efficient structure within the organization. Organizational Culture Organizational culture is “the internal environment with shared beliefs and values that influence the behavior of organizational members” (Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2008, p. 11). Organizations with higher performance are typically those with stronger cultures. These are the type that are well-developed and have good communication when it comes to their beliefs and values. This type of culture applies teamwork, is not afraid of taking risks, and has an emphasis on innovation (Schermerorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2008). You can think of organizational culture as the personality of the organization. It reflects the organization’s values, beliefs, and what the organization stands for. There are three alternative types of organizational culture; constructive culture, passive/defensive culture, and aggressive/defensive culture. In a constructive culture, people are encouraged to work together. In a passive/defensive culture, people are more on the defensive
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